Daily Digest - July 8, 2019

“Methodism … has had a remarkable anti-slavery commitment but at the same time made troubling concessions to racism.” The Rev. Alfred T. Day, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.


Slavery anniversary leads to new discussions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Three United Methodist agencies have assembled a collection of events and written material to help people study and commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first slaves brought to what is now the U.S. in 1619. Jim Patterson reports. 
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Duke Today
Following in Georgia Harkness’ footsteps

DURHAM, N.C. — In 1939, Methodist theologian Georgia Harkness became the first woman to preach in Duke Chapel, at Duke University. Now Duke students are doing a summer research project to tell the stories of more than 75 other women who preached in the chapel between 1963 and 2001. Deja Finch reports.
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First health center opens in rural Congo village
OSIO, Congo (UM News) — For many years the population of Osio was forced to travel long distances to receive medical care. Now the people can stay in the village. Judith Osongo Yanga reports.
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Florida Conference
Transforming community takes commitment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Seven years on, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is still working to transform the low-income community of East Winter Garden. Based on community interactions, the church found that one way to help improve safety is to help improve homes’ curb appeal. Lilla Ross reports.
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UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff.

Lewis Center for Church Leadership
4 ways preaching can boost attendance

ATLANTA — The Rev. Charley Reeb, pastor of St. John’s Creek United Methodist Church, details four preaching strategies to grow a church. His main idea is to connect with people’s interests and meet them where they are.
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Cal-Nevada says no to withholding funds, disaffiliation

Zimbabwe United Methodists focus on sports, recreation


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Daily Digest - October 16, 2019

Ebola training in Congo; ABC features Oklahoma family; Civil rights veteran remembers

Daily Digest - October 15, 2019

UMCOR, partners start asylum seekers project; Bishop Lowry on police shooting; Full communion proposal

Daily Digest - October 14, 2019

Power cuts remind survivors of deadly fires; South Central bishops speak out on border crisis; Activity mats help dementia patients